Midnight Surprise: 400 Andhra Cops Shock Telangana Police at Nagarjuna Sagar Dam.

In the early hours of Thursday, approximately 400 Andhra Pradesh Special Police officers, accompanied by law enforcement personnel, forcibly entered the Nagarjuna Sagar right canal. They seized control of the dam’s access points, releasing water from the right canal. The surprised Telangana police, caught off guard, refrained from filing a case related to the incident.

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According to Nalgonda district police, the operational authority over the Sagar dam rests with Telangana irrigation department officials, with protection details handled by the Telangana Special Protection Force. Conversely, for the Srisailam dam, Andhra Pradesh officials hold operational control.

At 1 am, Andhra Pradesh police assumed control of access points to operate the Sagar dam’s right canal, leading to a heated argument between law enforcement officers of both states. However, no injuries were reported among the Telangana state police. Nalgonda police opted not to register a case, deeming the matter sensitive and to be addressed by the respective state governments with the assistance of the Union government. Police forces were deployed at the dam site to prevent further escalation of tensions.

The backdrop includes a historical water-sharing dispute between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since their bifurcation. The AP authorities have sought intervention from the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to resolve the matter.

Subsequently, Telangana reported that AP was releasing 10,000 cusecs of water from the Sagar right canal, indicating premeditated planning. The Telangana Chief Minister’s Office alleged damages to CCTV cameras and an automated entry gate at the dam, suspecting the involvement of Guntur police. Since the 2014 bifurcation, Srisailam dam is under AP’s control, while Nagarjuna Sagar is under Telangana.

Officials noted that both dams were categorized as common projects by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. However, operational protocols delay has led to both states operating under KRMB directions. Authorities from Nagarjuna Sagar dam expressed concern about low water inflows, receiving only 90 tmcft compared to the previous year’s 1,700 tmcft. The Telangana irrigation official warned that continued water withdrawal by AP could push the dam level to the dead storage level.

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